Summit Horizon Red Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Horizon Red AleSummit Horizon Red Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Horizon Red IPA.

Added by Gump on 04-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There light aromas of pine resin hops in the nose. Some citrus becomes evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along pine resin hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit creamy and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced and has a nice blend of malty and hoppy flavors—neither of these seems to stand out in particular.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with understated label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 12 pack Summit variety box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minneapolis, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide off-white colour head. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess. Retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich dark amber of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's fairly dark for the style, but otherwise is pretty standard fare. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it. Seems more like a toasty winter warmer type amber than a bright hoppy one.

Sm: Toasted malt, crusty/light bready malts, and caramalt/caramelization. Herbal floral hop character. Amber malts. Residual sugars are surprisingly prominent for an amber. Overall, it's a clean appealing aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Toasted malt character, bread crust, amber malts, caramel. Floral hop character comes on aggressive but is decently tamed by the malty sweetness. I dig the toasty character but would prefer it more prominent. Decently balanced, with a cohesive but not gestalt build.

Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour. Could be more complex and subtle, but then so could most beers. Not intricate or nuanced.

A pretty standard flavour profile for an amber.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit biting, aided by the slight overcarbonation. The biting feel aids the hoppy component but reduces drinkability. Nice body and presence on the palate. Nice thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd get it again, but it isn't particularly remarkable. Just a solid local amber that's hard not to like. Hides its ABV nicely. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's well worth trying and doesn't disappoint.


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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great stickage and swathes of lace

Smell: Caramel dominates the aroma, though there are clearly some hops to be found in the mix; more piney than citrusy

Taste: Caramel and fruitcake, up front, with the piney hops delivering a bit of a pounding by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance out somewhat though the flavor profile seems heavily influenced by the malt and the fruity, almost English elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of Summit's better beers but, to my palate, the flavor profile is a bit more in the malty/fruity direction than I would prefer

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, foamy, off-white head. It left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled floral and of sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and biscuity malt with a spicy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice red ale. Glad Summit has made their way down to the KC area.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/11/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, pine, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, pine, grass, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, biscuit, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a hop forward flavor balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice red ale. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 1 finger off white head. Fades down rather quickly living a thin layer. Leaves some thin lace rings. Color is a very clear copper amber.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Floral hops. Kind of has a brown sugar smell to it. Very citrusy (grapefruit mainly). The aroma really reminds me of a IPA.

Taste: Wow Summit did something amazing here. A super hopped up red beer. Floral hops hit the palate very hard at the first sip. Grapefruit citrus. Slight alcohol. Earthy/grassy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Is very bitter. Goes down and leaves the mouth full of hops. Medium bodied. Carbonation is on as well.

Overall, I was not expecting this, but damn it was great. This beer surpassed my expectations by far. I will definitely be picking up more of this. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off white head that settles slowly and leaves thick, creamy lace. The body is a clear amber-brown color that shows some ruby highlights.

S - Light, toasty malt with some citrus and pine hops.

T - Some pine hop flavor up front with dry toast. More toasty malt in the middle with an increasingly sour, astringent hop flavor. Finished with moderately strong bitterness and lightly burnt toast as well as a hint of toffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but the aroma is weaker than I expected and the flavor profile is dryer than I want it to be. It suffers from the all to common flaw of a amber/brown ale with too dry of a finish. This leaves a burnt toast character lingering on the palate in the finish that really rubs me the wrong way. Combine this with a hop flavor that is well intentioned, but needs sorely to be turned up a notch or two, and you have a beer that I don't mind finishing but would only turn to again if the other options were significantly limited.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and tea come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer with flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a dense 1/8 finger tall beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy lacing is observed.

S: The beer has moderate aromas of caramel malts and toasted malts upfront. There is also a light presence of pine/resin hops with very subtle hints of earthy and citrus hops.

T: The pine/resin hops are present upfront, closely followed by the caramel and toasted malts which give the beer a light amount of sweetness. There is a good balance to this beer with some light amounts of lingering bitterness which taste like it comes from citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and crisp.

O: This beer has a great balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops making it very easy to drink. I found the beer to be quite enjoyable and it seemed to be a hybrid type of style (amber ale and IPA). I could easily have a couple of these and enjoyed this one enough to grab it some other time.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby in the glass, with 2 fingers of off-white head. This maintains a rich ½ finger of froth when swirled, throwing up a robust cascade that rings the sides with sticky lacing. This has a pretty nice look to it. The aroma is floral, with a lot of fresh pine present and some lesser peppery spice. This is undercut by green citrus character that mingles sweet caramel malt and some darker roast across the back. The piney and flowery feel of this really drives the nose here for the most part.

The taste is more pine and fresh green grapefruit flavor, with a zesty bright bitterness that lays dry resins and spice deep into the finish. This assertiveness is well balanced by a sticky caramel sweetness and then more of a burnt character along the back, however it isn’t overly strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess that surrounds more of a sharpness that tends to gather on the tongue and helps bring out all of that pine and bitterness. This definitely has some oiliness to it though and this is generally pretty easy and slick in the mouth despite the strength of the hops.

If you like hoppy Red Ales, you’re probably going to like this one. There’s a lot of aggressive character here but it’s all well balanced by the sweetness and light roasted malt flavors that you would expect from the style. That 5-6% on this really hits the sweet spot for the feel here as well. This was a nice beer that really got it right and I’d have no problem picking up more in the future, as I really like this style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Race Street Cafe, Philly, PA

A pretty tasty red ale, with perhaps a bit more of a hop bite than you're used to in similar styled beers.

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, reddish-brown, with a finger or so of frothy off-white head that retained and laced rather well. Grassy hops in the aroma, with an obvious caramel malt base. As previously mentioned, more hoppy than I'd expect a red ale to be, which isn't a bad thing. Grassy hops right off the bat, mellowing out a bit as the sweetness of the caramel malts move in. Medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable, but I had no problem moving on after one glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon."

--Thomas Paine

Autumn leaves orange with honey colored highlights. Not too many red ales are actually red. Atop the beer floats several fingers of golden ecru foam that is surprisingly rocky. Whole sections stick to the glass, leaving an attractive array of lace in the end.

The aroma is fantastic. Midwestern hopheads should rejoice at a red ale that uses Amarillo and Cascade to the tune of 65-70 IBUs. Horizon and Summit are present as well, but don't add as much to the party. Let's hope the beer tastes as good as it smells.

It was obvious from the vital statistics that Horizon Red Ale would be delicious beer. This is one of the hoppier reds in recent memory, and is probably the tastiest red ale available in this sorry craft beer state. It might also be my favorite SBC brew.

Despite a malt bill that includes pale, caramel, cara-red, wheat and black, only the first two make an impact on the taste buds. There isn't much sweetness to go around, but there's plenty of pithy bitterness. If you're a quart low on alpha acids, this stuff will do you right. Grapefruit zest, bitter orange and pine dominate.

The mouthfeel is the weakest leak, though it isn't too shabby. A little more heft and a little more mouthfilling creaminess would have garnered it the next highest score with ease.

Summit has a winner on its hands with Horizon Red Ale. Anyone with a penchant for loads of American hops on a skimpy caramel malt base (screw balance) will find a lot to like. I'm pleased as punch that the pathetically puny selection of hoppy beer around these parts has just increased by one.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this last night at Brass Rail Deli, served on tap.

A - Dark caramel/bronze w/ very light cream cap w/ tiny bead. The color has reddish highlights otherwise appears as a brown ale. The clarity is good and lace clings w/ good head retention

S - Notes of plum, roasted grain and floral hops. A generally bready aroma w/ mild citrus from the hops

M - Mild sweetness and moderate carbonation. Subtle fruitiness and mild bitterness w/ a spicy edge

T - The taste is semi-sweet w/ light orange zest and mild roasted nut flavors in the malt. The taste of gentle hop acidity w/ mainly herbal flavors and light red plum aspects w/ a nice mellow pepper taste in the finish

D - A pleasing red ale, highly drinkable and balanced. I found the hops and yeast flavors interesting and it is an easy to drink red. I would return to this, certainly.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a bottle of Summit Horizon Red Ale and it is good. The beer poured a clear ruby red with slightly off-white head that is lacing on my pint glass. The smell includes a sweet malt with hop character. The taste is a decent blend of malt and hop that is quite nice. The hops used leave the pallet a bit bitter. The mouthfeel is good, medium body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is very good....I like hopped up reds. The bitter after taste may make the to two to three limit....but it is decent nonetheless.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red/crimson with a tan head that settles to a thin/lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel in the classic "red" way with earthy/herbal spiciness. Smelling closer there is a pine/citrus touch.

The taste is of caramel dominates, though there is a bitterness that weaves in and out, and comes through in the finish. There is some pine/citrus, though leans more towards herbal/aspiriny, even slightly metallic.

It is medium-bodied, though thins somewhat mid-palate. The smooth malty texture stays ahead of a certain slight harshness.

Despite the slight metallic notes (which are mild), it has an easy drinkabiity, and I found myself grabbing another (the second of which I enjoyed slightly more). It does have a hoppy character mixed it, making it a "hoppy" red. And, for that, I would have expected to like it more than I did. Still-in-all, it's a good brew, that is a good choice if certain other hoppy ambers/reds aren't sitting too close to it on the shelf!

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight roasted malt, slight earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and hint of nut. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body. The bitterness from the hops might be a little over the top, but still a good beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear crimson/amber color... adequate froth atop, soon gone, though.

Fresh, grassy aroma, lightly fruity, not too tart, not too sweet...

Taste: big hops, lingering some, laying a bit on the palate, hanging in there,... and then, softly fading back.
Light caramel malt body... very drinkable, sessionable, a nice turnaround for those looking for something new from Summit.
While it ups the hops, it doesn't quite do enough for me...and lacks in the body. This is being written on my second pint, though, and I'm liking it better than I did with the first.
I still feel it could, should be bigger in body, a little heavier would be nice. But, then, I have to keep remembering that I'm not their target audience, and how much my taste has evolved.
Beyond what Summit wants to make, apparently.

Again, a good drinking beer, nothing wrong with it at all, just falls a bit short from what I look for these days.

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Summit Horizon Red Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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